Clipped From The Paris News
The Gun Supplied Living Here, said George Wright, was the loug-sought home o! the family, amidst a band of Indians, against whom the family was naturally prejudiced because of having been robbed by the band down the river. The family was without a house, cow, horse, hog or chickens and no money to buy them even had any been for sale. No corn, no tucat except wild game. The gun was all-in-all, for with it food was procurer! and protection afforded. afforded. In the neighborhood were the families of Walter Pool and Charles Burkbam and a trader named Wetmore and if meat was needed Captain Burkham's dogs were called and treed a bear, or a deer or buffalo could be found on short notice. All this looked strange to Claiborne Wright and his family who had come from Tennessee where society was good and comforts and even some luxuries could be had. The boat had been loaded with provision estimated to be sufficient for two years, but the flour the Indian robbers had not taken was by this time so musty it was unfit for use ami had to be thrown away, and there was a lack of salt to season their meat. The next year after their arrival Claiborne Wright learned a man nmed'Price had raised some corn near the Sabinc landing on Little river, about 150 miles away. He borrowed two horses and ho and one of the boys went there and traded for five bushels of com, two bushels being laid aside for seed and the other pounded into meal for bread. During 1818 corn was planted in small patches and when gathered was worth five dollars a bushel. That fall about fifty families arrived in Red river valley, some bringing cowg and horses and the next year corn was grown as fnr up the river as Horse Prairie. The Osage Indians made H raid on the settlements, settlements, stole most of the horrsis and killed several people. Corn then had to be made with hoes but enough to supply the need was made and thereafter there was no lack of bread.